Sample Research Projects

What kind of research projects do students work on in the Boston University Research Internship in Science & Engineering Program? Here are just a few of the hundreds of exciting projects summer research interns have completed in the past:

Astronomy | Biology | Biomedical Engineering | Chemistry | Electrical & Computer Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | Medical Laboratory Research | Physics | Psychology

Astronomy

Molecular Line Observations of Infrared Dark Clouds
Molecular Tracers of Infrared Dark Cloud Cores in the Fourth Quadrant of the Milky Way Galaxy
Temperature Sensitivity of an APS533 3-axis Fluxgate Manetometer for Constellation Pathfinder

Biology

Characterization of alpha-v integrin on mixed cells of the embryonic chick retina
Cloning rare polymorphisms in the human aldolase B gene and testing their effect on gene transcription
Effect of amyloid proteins on podocyte contractility

Biomedical Engineering

Double Staining of Rhodamine Dextran with GFN in Retinal Ganglion Cells
Identification of Transcription Factor binding sites in the genome of mycobacteria
Investigating Characteristics of Transcription Factor Binding in Relation to Structural Binding Domain in S. cerevesiae

Chemistry

Middle transition metal complexes of a bidentate fluorinated alkoxide ligand
Optimization of the Knoevenagel Reaction
Synthesis and Characterization of An N2O Logand Series for MNO Model Compounds

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Indoor Robot Localization using sensor networks
The Construction of a Digital Tracking Microscope
Practicality of Indoor GPS Usage

Mechanical Engineering

Creating a Closted-Loop Control of the CVD Process
Developing Real-Time Control of Fiber Diameter Distribution in the Process of Electrospinning Nanofibers
Spectrum Analysis of Micro-scaled Devices Using an Oscilloscope

Medical Laboratory Research

Development of a vitamin D absorption test for patients with inflammatory bowel disease
High Throughput Fine Specificity Mapping of Antibodies against B Subunits of Shiga Toxins Type-1 and -2
Determining the effects of Mannose Lipoarabinomannan from Mycobacterium tuberculosis on human and mouse CD4+ T helper cells

Physics

Liquid-Liquid Critical Point in Nanoconfined Water
The Effect of Stress on Si During Ar+ Ion Bombardment
Investigation and simulation of mechanical computing designs to determine dimensions, speed, and stress and strain on various structures

Psychology

Effects of Complexity, Contrast, and Size on Bingo Performance in Patients with Parkinson's disease
Effects of Delay on Objects Representation in Visual Short-Term Memory
The Inversion Effect and Acquired Facial Recognition Deficits in Alzheimer's Disease: Functional Analogs